I have always been happy that my boys enjoy Legos, what a great toy, and never thought to even investigate any new item that they put out, we even ended up on the mailing list and now receive numerous catalogs.
One day I noticed them role playing with their beloved "bionicles" which I thought to be harmless robots, and heard them saying things that sounded just like they were playing with Pokemon (or close enough.) I immediately asked them (while my skin was crawling) where they were getting all those wild ideas from. "It's right here in the book, Mom!" Come to find out, these Bionicles have quite a story to tell, all spelled out in the Lego magazine in a comic strip format, which my boys had been devouring for weeks.
I was upset to find that I was so careless, I not only let that junk into my home, but encouraged it without even checking it out.
The story speaks of "..The Great Spirit Mata Nui descended from the skies like a burning star." "He walked the world and marveled at its beauty and watched over all living things." But he was followed by "..his brother, The Dark Spirit Makuta. Makuta coveted this world and all that his brother had." The "Dark Spirit" cast a spell that made "Mata Nui" fall asleep, now this world (sometimes referred to as an island) is in "Darkness" and in need of rescue. That is where the Bionicles come in, the have been sent by the "Great Beings" to save the world. And of course, these "mighty heroes" are to be equipped with "six Kanohi Masks of Power." "Each mask grants the wearer new power and wisdom."
The "Great Mask" list:
Miru - The great Mask of Levitation (to float and glide on air)
Hau - The Great Mask of Shielding
Kakama - The Great Mask of Speed
Kaukau - The Great Mask of Water (to breath under water)
Pakari - The Great Mask of Strength
Akaku - The Great Mask of X-Ray Vision
More masks are being added to this story, and I have not had enough time to research any further. Just annoyed that I didn't see it coming. My boys could make better use of their time.
What really gets me is that these "Bionicles" do not even require much effort to assemble - Lego is promoting new age role playing along with "dumbing down" what used to be an educational toy! (Now they also have a Harry Potter line!)
Warning to Parents: Do not rely on the past reputation of any toy company, check them out!
Robin, Kjos ministries 77 Comments
[8/12/2008 2:27:15 AM]
Fundie Index: 8
Submitted By: Kasumi
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One Trick Pony
Good point about the new Lego sets... the rest is typical fundie bullshit.
8/12/2008 5:06:32 AM
"Do not rely on the past reputation of any toy company"
Exactly. Lego has started sucking a whole lot and their toys went downhill a long time ago. They're not Lego anymore. They're just toys.
8/12/2008 5:14:39 AM
Sounds to me as if the Bionicles line has a backstory tacked on to them to give them some depth of play. ROM the Space Knight had a backstory as well.
8/12/2008 5:58:16 AM
....... um.... they're toys.... Not products of teh devil! Oh noes! mine kidz will grows up to be gays and believe in magik robotz!!!
Man, when you're kids develop individual ideas, they're going to hate you sooooo much!
8/12/2008 6:18:33 AM
Ah but you have left out the most important part of the story. "Receiving a cry for help from Earth about an evil old bitch killing fun, the bionicles took off, found the old hag and hacked the fucking unimaginative bitch to bits. The end." I just love happy endings.
8/12/2008 6:21:33 AM
He forgot all about the Mask of Sexual Domination. That is one huge bionicle protrusion Pakari!
8/12/2008 6:24:24 AM
Son of a Nonymous
Okay, these Kjos guys are really starting to scare the shit out of me. Their constant psychotic paranoia about satan-worship in children's toys is starting to make the Raptards look sane. At least we've never seen RR spouting crap about the evil in Winnie the Pooh, like we have with these guys.
8/12/2008 6:28:46 AM
Feh, lego - a wussbag toy anyway. Oh, for the glory days of Meccano...
8/12/2008 9:01:22 AM
I think your kids can tell it's fiction. It's not like they're going to drop everything and start worshipping bionicles idiot.
8/12/2008 9:18:11 AM
And that, my friend, was exactly how the bible was created.
Now start finding demons in the list of ingredients on the side of a Corn Flakes packet.
8/12/2008 9:28:09 AM
If you're unable to stick to the fact that it's a fucking game, you can see connections with virtually anything. So, why don't you go to your little island and die in solitude?
8/12/2008 10:06:28 AM
Now they are attacking danish toys. What the fuck?
8/12/2008 10:11:15 AM
Imagination is bad now, huh?
8/12/2008 11:45:43 AM
Bionicles are bad because they're shit Lego Technic ripoffs, but they're not satanic, dbag.
8/12/2008 12:08:44 PM
This is the problem with fundamentalists, they become unable to tell the difference between fiction and religion. Hence the morbid fear of Harry Potter, lego, etc. They seem to treat every work of fiction as a rival (and thus evil) religion. I guess its understandable, fiction and religion are so very similar after all.
8/12/2008 12:15:51 PM
I think these shrill cretins are so damn terrified of fiction because it may be of better quality than the fiction in their favourite book.
8/12/2008 12:43:21 PM
Maybe they can make you a dildo from the legos.
Like you never thought of that.....
8/12/2008 1:04:46 PM
8/12/2008 1:32:08 PM
"Lego is promoting new age role playing along with "dumbing down" what used to be an educational toy."
[back slowly away from your irony meters]
Seriously [who me], I was a child BEFORE Legos. Never owned a one. My nephews had some.
I had Lincoln Logs. They were wood. Hard, stiff, brown wood that you built cabins with. Well, that's what I did. Oh, I would say they were eight to twelve inches long.
I also had an old Erector Set.
8/12/2008 1:43:07 PM
Mm-hm. The bible, of course, is never violent, bloody, evil, superstitious and stupid.
8/12/2008 2:20:00 PM
Super powers are new age? O_o
8/12/2008 2:20:31 PM
Ah, the sweet memories of my childhood when I was trying to collect all the Bionicle -characters. The stories, the comicstrips, the web-browser games, man, Bionicle was awesome when I was a kid. This fundie quote actually gave me a happy feeling. :)
Why exactly do the mask names sound familiar?
8/12/2008 3:24:47 PM
Honestly. Give a fundamentalist something which even has a hint of fictional backstory or even a tiny hint of something which isn't christianity and they curl up into a little ball shouting "AAAAAAAAAA DEMONIC SATANIC NASTY STUFF!!!!!!!"
This sort of Fundie is so closed minded, they could learn liberal thinking from the Islamic vice and virtue police.
8/12/2008 3:44:53 PM
I'm so glad my parents let my enjoy my childhood and exercise my imagination.
8/12/2008 4:38:27 PM
I can see why she's scared. The Bionicle creation myth is more coherent, and better written, than hers.
8/12/2008 4:43:06 PM
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